As of the time of this writing, lucky Android owners will be able to download PopCap Games' Plant vs. Zombies from the Amazon App Store for the small price of... free. Except for having to sign up for an Amazon account and give them your credit card information that is. Hurry up and get it here while you still can, the deal only lasts another 5 hours!
Techno Kitten Adventure was originally exclusive to the "Xbox Indies" marketplace, but can no longer be contained on one platform alone. Developer Elite Gudz hopes to find a larger fan base by releasing an updated version of the game for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Windows 7 Mobile. The game will be available on June 7, 2011, with Android following shortly after. The Xbox version will also be upgraded with the new levels, graphics, music and features available in the mobile versions.
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Sony finally officially announced the S1 tablet we have known about for months. Most of the details, including its interesting shape, were true. It supports Android OS and features Playstation Suite, meaning you are going to see a lot of PS1 classics on the device. Unfortunately you are going to have to play them without buttons, but what can you do. Sony also announced S2, a tablet that features a clamshell design and sports two 5.5" screens. I kind of like the idea of the clamshell, that will be sure to keep those big beautiful screens safe. But that is getting dangerously close to laptop territory and we wouldn't want that!
Indie game developer 2D Boy is releasing their amazing physics based puzzler, World of Goo, on the iPhone tomorrow. For 24 hours after its release the game will be on sale for $0.99, an incredible steal considering I gladly paid $15 for it on WiiWare when it came out. It is a stylish, fun, and unique puzzler that will keep you entertained for hours and hours. Angry Birds who? Get World of Goo quick, after the first day the price jumps to $2.99... which is still an insane deal.
Yet another developer has jumped on the social games train. Factor 5, best known for the Rogue Squadron games and the horrendous bomb that was Lair on the PS3, has announced the creation of a new studio focused on social games, TouchFactor. The studio is committed to building social games that will "bring people together on all mass market platforms." Julian Eggebrecht, former president of Factor 5, as well as several other high profile names from Factor 5 are coming together to make some of the most beautiful Facebook games ever seen. Just kidding on that last part.
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You might think Nintendo has nothing to worry about from Apple. The house that Mario built is at the top of their game, riding the wave of success the DS and Wii has brought them. Apple doesn't even make games, whereas Nintendo makes some of the best out there. But the problem actually lies in where Nintendo found this recent surge in popularity: the casual gamer.
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Grasshopper is going to reveal Frog Minutes, their first iOS game in support of Japanese relief efforts, at their March 30th Grasstream 2 event. We know nothing about the game outside of its logo, as seen on Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu's website, and that all of the proceeds for the game will go to the Red Cross in support of the Japanese earthquake victims.
Square Enix announced earlier today that a new division focused entirely on mobile games named Hippos Lab began operations earlier this month. They only got started March 7th, but will apparently have their first game ready for release very soon. I am hoping for a game starring the hippo in the logo. Did you know that hippos are considered by many to be the most dangerous animal in Africa? Maybe we could see an extreme "hardcore" game out of this announcement after all.
Today marks the launch of Amazon's Android app store, which is great news for indie game developers and gamers alike. This new store front will allow games that might get lost in the shuffle another chance to shine. Also as another added bonus the site's banner claims that a a paid app will be given away for free each day, starting today with Angry Birds Rio. The games are cheap enough as is, but you would have to be crazy to turn down free!
While many Japanese developer's American offices are dedicated to localization, Level 5's Santa Monica office is actually going to be working on games focused on the western market. The staff currently consists of 5 Japanese developers, but the studio intends to collaborate with local industry vets to produce something more in line with American tastes. Does this mean guns and bald space marines? I hope not. The low number of staff suggests social gaming, digital download or even mobile development to me. Five people probably aren't going to cut it for retail 3DS or NGP games. I will be interested to see what they announce at the Level 5 Vision event said to be taking place this August.